The Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Oyo State on Wednesday announced the suspension of former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, the state Caretaker Committee Chairman, Chief Akin Alamu and three others for alleged anti-party activities.
The decision to suspend the party chieftains was taken at the end of a meeting held on Tuesday evening in Ibadan. Party stakeholders at the meeting included the state Secretary of the party, Aremo Adeola Adepoju, party chairmen in the 33 local government council areas of the state, some of the aspirants for legislative seats in the forthcoming general elections, members of the Caretaker Committee as well as party elders from the three senatorial districts.
In a statement signed by Adepoju, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan, the stakeholders viewed with anger and dismay Chief Alamu’s confession of romance and adoption of Seyi Makinde, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, as an affront, betrayal, self serving, wicked, inhumane and aberration of high proportion which no party worth its salt could tolerate.
The statement further said that the stakeholders were unmistaken in their condemnation of Alamu who was accused of dereliction of duty and anti-party activities, noting with disgust the open criticism of the AD’s governorship candidate on a radio programme.
“Arising from this observation, the meeting suspended Chief Alamu and the following people Messrs. Bayo Badmus, Clement Fajembola, Babatunde Tijani, Honourable Babs Oduyoye and Mrs. Grace Akande from the party henceforth, a decision being sent to the National Headquarters alongside all the evidences of anti-party activities leveled against Chief Alamu and his team” the statement read.
The stakeholders also asked the party’s National Headquarters to view with serious anger the activities of Chief Alamu and his group, and recommend their total expulsion from the party.
While acknowledging the current peace pervading the party, the stakeholders disclosed that those operating a separate faction have embraced genuine reconciliation under the leadership of Chief Micheal Akinropo and have declared their total support for the candidature of Oyedele Hakeem Alao.
The party urged the people of the state to remain committed to the party and its candidate saying the party have the “best welfare programme”.